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May 13, 2012
Matson, David Lertis and Warren S. Brown, "Turning the Faith: The Cornelius Story in Resonance Perspective," Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2006.
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“The decision to admit Gentiles into the community of faith without the benefit of circumcision will have earth-shattering consequences in the subsequent history of the Christian church. Yet that far-reaching decision, observes Johnson, ‘is not made all at once. It is not made by the entire church from the beginning. It is not made on the basis of a priori principles and practices. Even the Scripture and the words of Jesus are reread. The decision, rather, is the result of a long process, involving many believers in many places, and the decisions of many local communities.’ It is also, we might add, the result of a long and fruitful process of ‘tuning the faith,’ which allowed those early Christian communities to hear God's voice and do God's will.”
"…in the baptism of Cornelius and his household, we have a timely reminder that the Christian message is transcultural, transpolitical, and intergenerational.”
“Praise is, then, properly understood as an expression of shared commitment to the world. It is the motive force for the ongoing conversation between God and humanity that extends through history and is, from an Israelite perspective, the only real content of history.”